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#1 of 24 OFFLINE   Phil Keep

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Posted February 05 2005 - 04:47 PM

I have listened to the KEF and Bose systems. I hated the Bose, the KEF's weren't bad...was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions. I will probably be hooking up a Yamaha Rcvr (RX-V1300?). Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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#2 of 24 OFFLINE   Thomas Dekany

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Posted February 05 2005 - 05:45 PM

Hsu Research VT12 $299.00

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#3 of 24 OFFLINE   Scott_N

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Posted February 06 2005 - 05:34 AM

Try Gallo Acoustic Nucleus Micro's. They sound great for the size that they are and they are very stylish if that's important to you also.
http://www.roundsound.com/micro.html

#4 of 24 OFFLINE   Massimo N

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Posted February 06 2005 - 08:54 AM

Take a look at the Energy Encore System.

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#5 of 24 OFFLINE   Tyson Wetzel

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Posted February 06 2005 - 05:07 PM

The Energy Act6 system is my favorite sub/sat system.

#6 of 24 OFFLINE   Joey_V

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Posted February 06 2005 - 06:58 PM

I second the energy. Bose is nice for those who want something small, it's probably smaller than the energy.... just not so impressed by the sound.

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#7 of 24 OFFLINE   PaulDA

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Posted February 06 2005 - 11:51 PM

Boston Acoustics System520

This retails for just under your budget and will sound much better than comparably priced Bose systems.
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#8 of 24 OFFLINE   Phil Keep

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Posted February 08 2005 - 05:42 AM

I cannot find out how much the Energy and Gallo Speakers are. I am not a huge fan of the round Gallo's, but what are the prices?

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#9 of 24 OFFLINE   PaulDA

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Posted February 08 2005 - 06:52 AM

Don't know the prices on those, but another small speaker system to consider is the Omnisat from Mirage. They have an unusual design that casts a far wider soundstage than almost all speakers of their size. Imaging, however, is less precise than traditional designs. If you'll be mainly using them for movies, they might be a good solution, as they are supposed to generate a far more immersive soundfield. If the Omnisats are too big, they have a set called Omnisat Micro and an even smaller set called Nanosat (same design principle, smaller speakers). If you're planning on a lot of music playback, these might not fit the bill, but for movies, the design is promising.

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From there you can find the Nanosats and Omnisat Micros as well.
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#10 of 24 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted February 08 2005 - 07:12 AM

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#11 of 24 OFFLINE   JimMIT

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Posted February 08 2005 - 01:53 PM

You might take a look at M&K's K series speakers; either the K-7's or the K-5's. I've never heard them, but the company has a good rep and Home Theater Mag gave them a good review in 2001.

#12 of 24 OFFLINE   Dustin B

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Posted February 08 2005 - 04:10 PM

http://www.creatives...hp?model=WR125S

http://audiocircle.c...pic.php?t=15559

Doesn't get much smaller and is way below your budget limit. Does require a little bit of wood working skill though. No crossover to worry about to, which will make building a snap, and will be why the midrange will be extremely nice.
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#13 of 24 OFFLINE   Tyson Wetzel

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Posted February 08 2005 - 05:59 PM

the act6 is $799

#14 of 24 OFFLINE   Rokzi

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Posted February 08 2005 - 08:09 PM

I think I might be in the same situation as Phil (on an ever tighter budget!). However, I typically listen at -15 ~ -10 db ref when watching movies, and the couch is about 14~15 feet away from the front speakers. Is it too far for the speakers suggested (they're going to be driven by a 70w/ch receiver)?

I'm interested with the Omnisats and the Anthony Gallos. I think they have high WAF.

All of the bookshelves of my choice have very low WAF (axiom, paradigm, rockets, etc).

Note: I started a thread which asks a slightly different question but I think my question above is relevant so just in case, I hope i'm not hijacking Phil's thread.

#15 of 24 OFFLINE   FeisalK

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Posted February 09 2005 - 01:00 AM

Monitor Audio Radius 90 looks small enough. I've read somewhere they were described as the smallest audiophile-grade speakers available.

I'm using a pair of Paradigm Cinema 70s which are great sounding and not much bigger than the stacked Bose cube configuration
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#16 of 24 OFFLINE   Rokzi

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Posted February 09 2005 - 08:15 AM

Those Radius 90s looks really nice. I've heard them though from about the same distance as where my current speakers are and somewhat felt that they're weak.

If I have my way I'd probably go for the Silver or Bronze series bookshelves. I liked their sound when I auditioned them at GoodGuys (but they were being compared against the Bose 301s and I don't like how those sound [tinny])

Might also check out the Paradigms.

#17 of 24 OFFLINE   Ray Tsui

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Posted February 09 2005 - 08:58 AM

Energy Encores typically go for $1000 for the whole set. I've heard of them going on sale for as little as $600.

Great speakers, one of the best small satellites for their size.

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Posted February 09 2005 - 02:14 PM

RBH speakers

#19 of 24 OFFLINE   Dave Hahn

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Posted February 10 2005 - 03:54 AM

Phil, have a look at these:

http://www.htd.com/htdmiddies.html
http://hsuresearch.com/
http://www.canton.de..._id=16,16,,1,en
http://www.cambridge....9zz&type=store
http://www.av123.com....s&product=36.1
http://bostonacousti...sp?CategoryID=7
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#20 of 24 OFFLINE   Rod_Gwinn

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Posted February 14 2005 - 11:20 AM

Take a look at the Infinity tss-750. I am just finishing up my HT setup and I picked up 4 of these for the rear surounds.

They are sold in a set, or by piece. I paid $69 each at Video Only (Oregon).

I am very impressed. good sound quality, and they look sharp on the wall, here is a review

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You can find a review at hometheatermag